Ripley's Believe It or Not! Gatlinburg

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! Gatlinburg

Ripley's Believe It or Not! Gatlinburg
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9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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Discover the strange, the shocking, and beautiful at our newly renovated Ripley's Believe It or Not! in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Enjoy hours of family fun while you explore over 600 unbelievable exhibits, can’t miss photo ops, and hands-on interactives throughout 16 amazing themed galleries. Witness a light show like no other in a huge kaleidoscope. See a real shrunken head and many more once in a lifetime experiences!
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Brian Smilowska
Sumter, SC1,740 contributions
Family
Ok...we've done Ripley Museums Before and I wasn't sure about doing another. We had 4 small kids and 2 adults and a miliary discount and it still cost us $100......I feel $35 bucks per adult is pretty high for a museum but that's just me. Once inside though it became a fun time. They have lots of interactive exhibits and all kinds of things for kids to do. Like other museums theirs lots of things to read but you really get intrigued by the facts and odd stories. We started on level 3 and worked our way down until you enter the Arcade at the end. Took about 90 minutes to do everything though and that was me rushing because we got they're and started after 9pm and they closed at 11pm. location was easy to find right in the heart of Gatlinburg Next to Star Car Museum and Gatlinburg Space Needle. Kids loved it.....
Written August 24, 2021
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kmac2400
Wheeling, IL83 contributions
We have visited Ripley's in other cities around the country. This had 3 floors to tour and many exhibits. Many of the items were replicas of items actually in other Ripley's museums - not the actual item. As far as some hands on exhibits, most of them were broken.

If you've been to other Ripley's museums, I would recommend you take a pass on this one. If you have not visited another Ripley's, it's a good rainy day destination but not a "I got to go there" place.
Written May 12, 2022
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HJR1960
Temple, GA692 contributions
Friends
I have visited this Ridley’s for many years and I have always enjoyed the way it was laid out. This is the first time my wife and I have visited in a few years and we were shocked to see most of the old exhibits taken out. It is obviously laid out now to be more interactive but the theme of the “unusual, the strange” has been taken over by a collection of interactive stations that belong in a fun house; cheaply made representations of carnival shows and not a museum or a priceless collection. Mr. Ripley would not approve of the direction this location has taken and not only will we not be back and spend $60/couple, we will not recommend it to anyone.
Written October 25, 2021
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bookninja
Maryville, TN82 contributions
I am in the "NOT" group. This is positively the biggest ripoff in Gatlinburg and that is saying something. I am a local resident and just visited Ripley's last weekend. It was $60 for two seniors and we were there less than 30 minutes. Most all the interactive exhibits we tried were not working properly and the rest was strange and bizarre at times, which I realize is WHY people go to the believe or not museum. But the outside and the exhibits in the lobby area are more interesting than what is inside. Do not waste your money on this waste of time. It would cost over $100 for a family of 4 to see this and there are much better values in the Smokey Mountains. The Titanic is my favorite and it is far more interesting.
Written October 31, 2021
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Harry & Tamaura Scheeler
Concord, NC365 contributions
I originally purchased tickets to the Aquarium. I upgraded for two more attractions so at least I didn't pay full price for this waste of time and money. They are charging $29.99 per person. There are 2 very small floors with exhibits. Most of the exhibits are just posters on the wall with facts you can read online. There are some interactive exhibits that would appeal to kids 12 and under. This is not a place for adults or couples. What really got me is you start off at floor 3 then move to floor two. Then you finish on floor one which is a small arcade. After charging a ridiculous price for admission the arcade isn't even included. You need to pay to play the arcade games. From the time I started on the 3rd floor when I checked-in on Facebook until we walked out of the first floor was 20 minutes exactly. Not to mention parking is going to cost you between $15 and $20. This a bonified tourist trap.
Written March 24, 2021
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Kaziah C
16 contributions
Definitely needs an update. Lots of wax figures that were there when I went as a kid (10+ years ago). The staff is very friendly and efficient getting through lines of people waiting to get their tickets. To be honest, I don't think I would've thought it was worth the money if I hadn't already had the "Aquarium + 2 Attractions" package. We ended up here because there was lightning in the area and the Mountain Coaster was shut down.

Ripley's is a definitely a tourist trap. The shrunken heads were sad to see, because (according to the display's video) shrinking someone's head was a cultural way of trapping the person's spirit so they couldn't pass into the afterlife and to cause severe humiliation to the deceased. The shock and awe factor is neat, but it's sad and perhaps distasteful that the museum is perpetuating and benefiting from a ritualistic humiliation of the dead.

The facility was clean and organized, I was thankful for all the hand sanitizer stations, due to every exhibit being touchable. I definitely enjoyed my time, but would be ok if that was my last Believe It or Not! experience. Very expensive. I would recommend you spend your time at Ripley's Aquarium (that was the best part of my trip!)
Written August 6, 2022
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Tiffany D
1 contribution
Couples
I was highly disappointed in this Ripleys believe it or not. I’m an advocate Ripleys goer when I go on vacation. There was a lot of the displays down or that didn’t work. We paid $30 a piece to view this Ripleys, and I don’t believe we got $10 worth. I highly don’t recommend this place at all…
Written June 19, 2021
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GSUFanatic
Statesboro, GA201 contributions
Although the Ripley's Museums can be a bit repetitive, they all do have their own particular set up and atmosphere. I have visited the one in St. Augustine, Florida. The two museums have some of the same exhibits, but utilize different artifacts as displays. There are lots of hand-on activities to do which appeal to all ages. A great place to see the strangest things you could imagine and well worth the entrance fee. If you are traveling to Gatlinburg, there is a discounted pass book available for attractions in the area.
Written August 27, 2020
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j_wenner
Cleveland, OH413 contributions
We were here on Wednesday 6/30. This place is always a fun time no matter what city you are in. They always have different exhibits in each one. Our family really enjoyed it! Be advised that there is a combo ticket available if you do both SkyLift and Ripley's, but you can only find out about it at Ripley's. We weren't able to get the combo ticket since we did SkyLift first and they didn't tell us about the offer. The clerk at Ripley's was not willing to give our group of 9 people the discounted tickets :( Other than that, it was a fun time for all of us. We would recommend this place to everyone!
Written July 13, 2021
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JL27
Villa Rica, GA10 contributions
Couples
I had looked forward to this as we had never been. Definitely not recommended for the price. The outside looks awesome. Inside… super boring. And I’m glad I never brought my kids when they were younger as it would NOT have interested them. If an adult, looking for something interesting, go to Smokey mountain knife works, on their first floor is is filled with artifacts from wars to dinosaurs. And it’s FREE! So hello? Don’t waste your money on Ripleys believe it or not, I paid hard earned money for that 😡
Written July 23, 2021
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